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According to Avi Krawitz at diamonds.net, the diamond industry is waking up to a new reality. Not only are the banks insisting on stricter compliance standards and pipeline integrity, but the largest mining companies and jewelry retailers are rapidly following suit. This is forcing the industry to rethink the way it conducts business so that ‘transparency, responsibility and sustainability’ are engrained in the ethos of the trade.
It was therefore no coincidence those three concepts formed the central theme of the World Diamond Congress recently held in Dubai. “These themes run through all the challenges we’re facing as a global industry and also show us the way forward,” Ernie Blom, president of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), said in his opening remarks at the congress, a joint meeting of the WFDB and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA).